Tunezy Does Coachella.
It was our first time out at Palm Desert for the Coachella Music Festival, soaking up the sun and enjoying the incredible and perpetual line up of music. While passes had long been sold out, we were so lucky to get our hands on some VIPs so we could saunter in and celebrity spot.
The west coast is such an incredible place - from the hot spring/summer days to the cool desert evenings, not only did you have a wide array of fashion stomp the grounds, but a drastically different music experience as the sun set. Hint hint: Tunezy has a few West Coast Experiences coming right up in May as well with some of our new artists.
Here are a few of our grand highlights:
Glam rock comes to life with the help of the fantastic foursome from the Los Angeles-based band, Young Beautiful in a Hurry (YBH). If the name enough doesn’t make you kick start your day thinking Carpe Diem! then the genre-mixing sounds of this pop/rock group certainly will. YBH formed in 2011 under the wing of accomplished songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist, Brendan McCreary. Other band members include Bryan Taylor on drums, Pete Griffin on bass and Chris Norton on keyboards.
Self described as “rock, pop - in that order” YBH is not just about feel-good music. Addictively listenable, YBH’s sound is easily compared to that of a modern day Queen: infectious, life-changing and with a little bit of innovative quirk thrown in.
And if we were to just gather the facts here, their songs have been featured on everything and anything, including 90210, Battlestar Galactica, and The Walking Dead, to name a few.
Today we chat with Brendan, the mastermind behind the group as he tells us about his songwriting inspirations and what’s in store for this popular band, including their new EP!
What does it really take to get noticed by industry experts and recording stars like Bif Naked and Jully Black? Well, a fiery personality, catchy melodies and a guitar doesn’t hurt. Meet Ivy James. She’s only 16-years old, but Ivy already possesses a songwriting talent and a musical maturity well beyond her years.
With lyrics like “I didn’t need my second chance so I threw it away” from ‘Your Escape (Nate’s Song)’ and “it’s so pointless wishing on burnt out stars” from ‘Thunder’, it’s pretty clear - Ivy’s foray into the music world is not temporary. Armed with just her guitar, Ivy recorded and released her self-titled debut EP in June 2012 filled with six self-written heart-twisting acoustic melodies. In October 2012, Ivy won Best Young Songwriter at the Toronto Independent Music awards and ironic enough - wasn’t even able attend the awards show because she was under 19.
Naughty by Nature in New York. Sounds like a sweet Sunday to us! Tunezy was proud to present a VIP dinner along with some merch packages and experiences tied to the NBN performance at Gramercy Theatre.
Fans were treated to a steak dinner along with their platinum and dinner packages on Tunezy, where the guys brought along wicked OPP cupcakes, in celebration of 20 years of Hip Hop Hooray.
Vinny, Kay Gee, and Treach were fantastic hosts, welcoming their biggest fans from New York area to enjoy a great meal, go backstage, and hang out at an intimate afterparty following a packed show for over 500 rap fanatics.
Want access to more events coming up? Be sure to check out the main page of our marketplace on Tunezy.com.
Grab your boots and a glass of red. The urban cowgirl has arrived. Meet Jacelyn Holmes - singer, songwriter, guitarist and energizer bunny. With her bewitching eyes and seductive smile, it’s easy to see why this lovely lady started off her career as an actress. Lucky for us, she soon switched gears to the musical side of things and well, just listen to this.
Unlike an ordinary country crooner, Jacelyn blends her smooth, cooing vocals with a bit of jazz, pop and rock to create a new fusion of genres and alternative country sound that is distinctly hers and hers alone. Jacelyn was made for this, and if her natural passion doesn’t win you over, then her bubbly, beaming personality sure will.
In mid November last year, Tunezy changed focus away from a social record label towards providing amazing fan experiences with artists around the world. We’ve been in the trenches with artists ever since, delivering unique experiences to their loving fans. Today, we’re happy to introduce a new feature, called “Wishlists”, that let us make fan experiences even better.
Wishlists let fans make requests for experiences from their favourite artists. Users can do this from an artist’s profile or via Twitter, by simply tagging their wish with “@artist_handle” and “#fanwish”. Once a wish is created, fans add important information to their wishes like what cities, dates, and types of communication are convenient. This critical information is then passed on to the artist who can choose to work these experiences into their busy schedules. If a wish can be fulfilled, the wishing fans will be notified by Tunezy. Making a wish isn’t a contract, it’s just a way for fans to share their dream experiences, with the awesome possibility that it could come true.
We built Wishlists because we observed that lots of fans were using comments to make their dreams heard on an artist’s Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube. The problem was that the artist didn’t know what to do with those requests; they wanted to engage with their fans, but without a platform to get the right information from fans and actually carry out those experiences, they hit a road block. With Wishlists, Tunezy now let’s artists get experience requests from their fans and seamlessly lets them turn it into an awesome, customized experience. It’s a win-win, and we love those.
Alongside this change, we’ve also removed music and Notes from the site. We know these are big changes, but they will let us spend our resources on delivering what matters most to our users. We removed music because users already have so many great options to listen and discover, and they already know which artists they like. Our goal is to give those fans a place to request and get fan experiences from those artists. With Notes, we were just not happy with how we were delivering value to users for earning them, so until we make them more meaningful to collect, they will be discontinued from Tunezy.
A personal thank you: To Darren Fung, Rahil Sondhi, Soheil Alavi, Neha Singh, and Monika Patel for working hard over the past couple months to deliver a great feature to our users.
We have a new face in town - welcome to Chi, our new Director of Business Development. His experiences span from big companies to start ups, and will be bringing on board some wicked new talent to the Tunezy platform.
Read after the jump for a little more on Chi’s background:
What do you get when you mix a comedic superstar, fresh mango salad rolls and the Tunezy Marketplace together? Add in enthusiastic Vancouverites, a Japanese YouTuber and it’s a Tunezy experience like none other.
Last week, Vancouver welcomed the musical genius known as Gunnarolla to town. With upbeat witty songs about sushi, fonts and anything random - Gunnarolla has earned an insanely loyal following, prompting Tumblr fan pages and nearly 11 million views on YouTube.
With Tunezy, Gunnarolla offered an exclusive Vancouverolla package for a private dinner with himself and other fans at local Thai hotspot, Pink Elephant. It’s no surprise this experience sold out like Vancouver Japadogs (trust us, that’s fast), thus prompting Gunarolla to also plan a meetup prior to dinner to greet all the other fans who didn’t act fast enough to grab a ticket.
We ate, we laughed, we taped video segments with @Ciela and we admired Gunnarolla’s black vest.
Drumroll please, we give you the Top 5 Memories from Vancouverolla:
We can add another Simone to the world of powerhouse musicians. Like Nina before her, Andria Simone commands the stage with her authoritative vocals, sensual-cathartic croons and emotive presence. Armed with her throaty raspy voice and adventurous spirit, this soul-pop singer/songwriter is undeniably en route to being in the of mix of reigning female songstresses like Adele, Alicia Keys and Amy Winehouse and hey - she already has the readymade initial “A”.
Andria’s debut EP “Nothing Comes Easy” was released this past October, full of catchy melodies, upbeat explicit female anthems and soulful ballads already garnering goosebumps and buzz within the music industry.
Hailing from Toronto, Andria has seen and experienced much of the world over her 24 years, but that’s not to say it’s been an easy journey. After watching just a snippet from her music video for the single ‘Shame’, you’d never believe Andria barely passed high school vocal class, or that she had to work to gain the confidence to pursue her natural craft. We chat with this rising superstar about her musical journey, her debut EP and grab some words of advice.
Some people have it, some people don’t. After watching Rushil’s debut single and music video, “Here and There,” nobody would deny this 18-year old has raw charisma, true passion and songwriting flair.
It’s hard to believe this is Rushil’s debut music video. The artistic grit and intensity poured into this breathtaking video, combined with the deep emotion in his voice make Rushil more than just a man with his guitar.
If Rushil’s remarkable rich, ragged voice doesn’t seduce you — then his creative courage will.
Influenced by different upbringings in India, England, and Cyprus, Rushil has been studying law at the acclaimed University of Oxford. However, he is also embarking on a musical journey to create a new future for himself, by choosing music over legal contracts. To say this is a change would be understatement, as Rushil hopes to completely transform his possibilities and redefine himself.
Meet the man behind the music.